"Love Never Felt So Good," originally written and recorded by
Jackson in 1983, is the debut single for "Xscape," released on
May 13 by Epic Records in partnership with Jackson's estate. The
song will be available for purchase starting at midnight Friday.
The album will feature eight previously unreleased songs from
Jackson that were recorded between 1983 and 1999.
Singer Justin Timberlake revealed he is featured on "Love Never
Felt So Good" in an Instagram post on Thursday. It is not known
if he will perform the song at the awards show.
Jackson, known as the 'King of Pop' and one of the most
influential artists in music, having sold 1 billion records
worldwide, died in 2009 at age 50 in Los Angeles from an
overdose of the anesthetic propofol. The powerful drug was given
to him by his personal physician while he was rehearsing for a
series of 50 comeback concerts in London.
The inaugural fan-voted iHeartRadio awards, held at the Shrine
Auditorium on Thursday and broadcast on NBC, kicked off with
energetic performances from rapper Pitbull, country music singer
Luke Bryan and British band Bastille.
Five artists — Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis, Maroon 5 and Rihanna — will contend for Artist of the
Year, the top award of the night.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Ken Wills)
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